May 21 at 8:23am CST By Luke Adams
Several days after a report indicated that Stan Van Gundy was unlikely to return to head coaching for the 2013/14 season, Van Gundy himself confirmed the news to David Baumann of Sports Talk Florida. Van Gundy told Baumann that he won't coach an NBA team next year, citing family reasons.
According to Van Gundy, he has not interviewed with any teams for their head coaching openings, despite being contacted by a handful of clubs. The former Magic coach has turned down all available opportunities, he tells Baumann. We had previously heard that Van Gundy interviewed with the Hawks as well as the Bucks. Assuming those reports weren't entirely off base, perhaps both teams just spoke to SVG rather than formally interviewing him.
With Van Gundy seemingly off the market, the Hawks and Bucks will be forced to look elsewhere for their new head coaches, while teams like the Nets and Clippers, who had also been linked to Van Gundy, will also have to explore other options. Grantland's Zach Lowe wonders (via Twitter) if Van Gundy is expecting a more desirable job to become available next offseason, though for now it's probably safe to take SVG at his word and assume he's making a family decision.
May 20 at 8:20pm CST By Zach Links
Scott Skiles is the frontrunner in the Nets' coaching search, according to Dave D'Alessandro of the Newark Star-Ledger. Skiles has been said to be in the mix for the Nets job since shortly after P.J. Carlesimo's dismissal, but this is the first time it has been indicated that he is at the top of the club's wishlist.
The Nets have been seeking an experienced coach who preaches defense and the former Suns, Bulls, and Bucks head man certainly fits the bill. He's also known for being a strict, no-nonsense coach, an approach that may not jive with star guard Deron Williams.
Other coaches said to be high on the Nets' wishlist include longtime NBA assistant Brian Shaw and Larry Brown. The Nets also made a very public overture to Phil Jackson, but they were quickly shot down by the Zen Master. Yesterday, we also heard Lionel Hollins is on Brooklyn's list.
May 20 at 6:34pm CST By Zach Links
Here's a look at the latest out of the Southwest Division as the Spurs look to go up 2-0 on the Grizzlies tonight..
- Chandler Parsons of the Rockets has switched from agent Mark Bartelstein to Dan Fegan, writes Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. Parsons says that he made the change in an effort to "maximize his brand".
- Former Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace took a lot of flack for trading Pau Gasol to the Lakers five years ago, but no one is complaining now, writes Peter May of Sheridan Hoops. Wallace was widely roasted for making what appeared to be a very one-sided deal, but the emergence of Pau's brother, Marc Gasol, has vindicated him.
- Tracy McGrady isn't a key player for the Spurs, but the veteran says that he is "living the dream" as he tries to help them advance beyond the conference finals in a limited role, writes NBA.com's Fran Blinebury. McGrady spent the bulk of the year in China but hooked on with San Antonio at the end of the season.
May 20 at 5:38pm CST By Zach Links
Earlier today, we learned that the Clippers aren't going to make a run at Dwight Howard this summer. That doesn't come as a tremendous surprise when looking at the Clips' cap situation and the maneuvering they'd have to do in order to retain both Chris Paul and lure DH over from L.A.'s other team. Speaking of which, do the Lakers have the right plan to keep Howard in purple and gold next season? More on that and other notes out of the Pacific Division..
- Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLosAngeles.com wonders if Howard truly understands the Lakers' legacy and fears that the club isn't making the right pitch to him. Shelburne feels that the Lakers need to impress upon him just how much he is wanted there, despite the vocal criticisms he has heard from fans.
- Warriors General Manager Bob Myers confirmed to Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News (via Twitter) that the team has not yet made a decision on coach Mark Jackson's option for 2014/15. However, Myers will talk with Jackson's agent soon. Kawakami recently predicted that Jackson would get a new deal in the next few weeks.
- Myers sounds as though he is willing to stand pat this summer, tweets Marcus Thompson of the San Jose Mercury News. The GM indicated that the Warriors are no longer desperate for a big move.
May 20 at 4:40pm CST By Zach Links
After knocking off the Nets in seven games and stealing game one from the Heat, the Bulls dropped the next four to Miami, ending their playoff run. Now, the Bulls must re-tool and figure out what kind of roster they'll put around the returning Derrick Rose. Here's today's news out of the Windy City..
- Guards Nate Robinson, Marco Belinelli, Richard Hamilton, and Daequan Cook are as good as gone, writes Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times. Robinson, Belinelli, and Cook are all free agents this summer and the Bulls have no intention of picking up their $5MM option on Rip Hamilton. For his part, the diminutive Robinson wants to stay, but he has made it clear that he is seeking a multi-year deal and the market could give him something that prices him out of Chicago.
- Nick Friedell of ESPNChicago.com asks if the Bulls should trade Luol Deng this offseason. The idea of trading Deng would have seemed ludicrous just months ago, but the younger Jimmy Butler did quite well in the 28-year-old's place when Deng was out this season.
- HoopsWorld's Joel Brigham asks where the Bulls go from here. In addition to finding a new cast of guards, the Bulls will likely also have to replace Nazr Mohammed. Some possibilities at the five include Samuel Dalembert, who brings solid shot-blocking skills at a potentially low price and Jermaine O’Neal, who had a bounceback year in Phoenix this season.
May 20 at 2:38pm CST By Chuck Myron
A left knee injury to Chris Smith
in training camp derailed the possibility that he'd join his brother on the Knicks
this past season, but it appears a strong possibility the two will be together in New York for 2013/14. Marc Berman of the New York Post
reports that Chris Smith has fired agent Mark Cornstein and will replace him with Leon Rose, the same agent who reps his brother. A report in February
indicated the Knicks still plan to sign Chris Smith. Berman expects J.R. Smith
to re-sign with the Knicks for a four-year deal with a starting salary around $5MM unless another team swoops in with a larger offer. We rounded up more
on the Knicks earlier today, and here's the latest on their division rivals:
- One NBA executive tells Bob Cooney of the Philadelphia Daily News that he isn't sure new Sixers GM Sam Hinkie can handle the team's basketball decisions. "I don't think they are leaning on Rod Thorn as much as they should or he wants and I heard there still might be changes to the front office," the exec said. Another rival executive tells Cooney the Sixers have put their coaching search on the backburner.
- Hinkie was part of a Rockets front office that was aggressive in making moves that allowed the team to acquire a star player, and he says he'll bring that approach to the Sixers, notes Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
- Greg Oden is drawing rave reviews for his workouts of late, but Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge doesn't give the impression that signing the erstwhile No. 1 overall pick is high on his to-do list, observes Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald. "We’ll look into Greg still," Ainge said. "He wasn’t ready to play when we saw him last. He wasn’t ready to work out — I mean, not like a real workout. We’ll probably check into that some time this summer."
- Bulpett hears that Doc Rivers isn't high on 2012 first-rounder Fab Melo, but Ainge disputes the idea, pointing out that Rivers didn't get much of chance to see the former Syracuse center who spent much of his rookie season in the D-League.
- Bill Walker, who split five NBA seasons between the Knicks and Celtics, has signed to play in Venezuela with Trotamundos de Carabobo, while Mardy Collins, a first-round draft pick of the Knicks in 2006, has joined Guaros de Lara, another Venezuelan team, as Sportando's Emiliano Carchia passes along in a pair of reports.
May 20 at 1:25pm CST By Zach Links
As we get ready for the 2013 lottery tomorrow night, here's a look at today's draft news..
- The Mavericks need a whole lot of luck on Tuesday's lottery, writes Dwain Price of the Star-Telegram. Dallas owner Mark Cuban was the club's representative in the lottery in 2000 but he won't be in attendance this year as he vowed to never go again.
- Steve Kyler of HoopsWorld ran down the players who boosted their stock at the Chicago pre-draft combine. Michigan guard Trey Burke didn't necessarily raise his already high stock, but he did solidify things by measuring in at 6'1.25" in shoes.
- J. Michael of CSNWashington.com makes the case that the Wizards, currently in line for the No. 8 pick, should give Gorgui Dieng a closer look. The team didn't request an interview with the Louisville center during last week's draft combine.
Chuck Myron contributed to this post.
May 20 at 11:07am CST By Zach Links
Knicks guard Pablo Prigioni may leave the NBA to return to Spain, a source tells Marc Berman of the New York Post. The veteran purposely signed a one-year deal with the Knicks last offseason to feel out how his young family liked being in New York and it would appear that his wife would like to return to Europe after a test drive in the states. It sounds as though we may not hear a decision from Prigioni anytime soon, however.
“I think it’s not the moment to talk about [my NBA future] now,’’ Prigioni said after Saturday's loss. “It’s painful to lose. It’s painful to start the vacation now. This is about the team. Now I stay quiet.”
The 35-year-old has spoken openly about the idea of returning to the Spanish League but his agent recently said that his client is interested in re-signing with the Knicks. Prigioni earned just $473K in his first NBA season. In 16.2 minutes per contest, the veteran averaged 3.5 PPG with 3.0 APG and 1.8 RPG.
May 20 at 9:37am CST By Zach Links
Here's the latest out of the City of Angels..
- The Clippers won't be among the teams in pursuit of Dwight Howard this summer, sources tell Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLosAngeles.com (on Twitter). The Clippers won't make a run at DH for multiple reasons, sources say, and we can assume that a lack of cap space is chief among them. The rumors linking Chris Paul and Howard have been floating for some time, however, and the Hawks are hoping that they can pull off a shocker and land both.
- Kobe Bryant responded via Twitter to an internet rumor that said he would retire this summer following his painful Achilles tendon tear. "Really?? Me. Retire?? Soon, but not yet," the Lakers star said.
- If the Mavs make a play for Paul this summer, owner Mark Cuban will be their biggest weapon in recruiting, writes Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com. Of course, Cuban was expected to be a big part of his club's pitch to Deron Williams last summer. Dallas didn't lure Williams back to his home state and some believe that Cuban's decision to skip their pitch meeting had something to do with it.
May 20 at 8:33am CST By Zach Links
The Knicks' offseason is now underway after the blue-and-orange were downed by the Pacers. Now, the aging Knicks have a whole lot of questions to answer as they look to take another step ahead in 2013/14. Here's the latest out of MSG..
- Marcus Camby's agent told Jared Zwerling of ESPNNewYork.com (on Twitter) that his client was healthy enough to play in the playoffs and has been ready to go for some time now. When asked about the big man's future, he said, "He's under contract and there is no question they can use him, so one would expect he'd be back," (link). Camby is set to earn roughly $7.5MM over the next two seasons.
- More from Zwerling, who has four key questions facing the Knicks this summer. One scout told Zwerling that New York will have to target athletic, rebound-minded big men and a few available options include Al-Farouq Aminu, Louis Amundson, Dante Cunningham, and Gani Lawal, who played with Iman Shumpert at Georgia Tech.
- Frank Isola of the New York Daily News (on Twitter) hears that Carmelo Anthony's right knee appears to be fine, two months removed from having fluid drained from it. His shoulder, on the other hand, is another story.
- Chris Sheridan of Sheridan Hoops is scratching his head after some questionable decisions from coach Mike Woodson.